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Bill for Nigerian Police Special Forces scales second reading in Senate

The bill seeks to combat terrorism, insurgency, banditry and other heinous crimes.

• November 22, 2022
Nigerian Senate
Nigerian Senate floor used to illustrate the story (Credit: Twitter)

A bill for an act to establish the Nigeria Police Special Forces and the Nigeria Police Special Forces Training School Gwoza, Borno and its Governing Council has passed second reading at the Senate.

This followed the presentation of the lead debate on the general principles of the bill by the sponsor, Mohammed Ndume (APC-Borno), during Tuesday’s plenary.

Leading the debate, Mr Ndume said the bill was read for the first time on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

Mr Ndume, also the chairman of the Senate Committee on Nigerian Army, said the bill sought to combat terrorism, insurgency, banditry and other heinous crimes.

“It also seeks to train the required manpower for the special forces in order to enhance effective national security through the provision of professionalised training and knowledge.

“It will also award certificates to deserving and qualified officers on successful completion of training,” he said.

The lawmaker said the objectives of the bill included investigating all terrorist-related crimes and collaborating with other sister agencies within Nigeria and relevant international agencies in matters pertaining to terrorism.

“Engage in information and intelligence gathering activities, provide advanced training in anti-terrorism, drills, counter-insurgency, espionage and disorder management for serving police officers and other security agents from in and outside Nigeria,” he said.

Contributing, Senate Minority Whip Chukwuka Utazi opposed the bill, stating that it does not connect.

He said that there were police institutions already in the country and other agencies charged with the same responsibilities in the proposed bill.

“I don’t see any reason why we will be bringing up this bill, which is already taken of,” he said.

Smart Adeyemi (APC-Kogi) said there was no amount of money or institutions that could be said to be enough to tackle the problems confronting the nation.

“We are passing through serious security challenges, and all over the world, there are innovations and improvements in facilities and institutions of learning.

“We must move with the trend of development globally.

“Nigeria police deserve all the support that is needed. Not just in the area of establishing more institutions for them to be able to compete with other police forces across the globe but indeed even in their pay package,” he said.

He said there could only be effective policing when there were specialised institutions and adequate training for the police officers.

Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege, who presided over plenary, thereafter, referred the bill to the Senate Committee on Police Affairs for further legislative actions to report back in four weeks.


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